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Playa Negra

Don’t expect coal black beaches when heading to Playa Negra. The name negra comes from the large patches of black rock and spots of very black sand that dot the otherwise brown beach. The water is surprisingly blue, especially if you’ve just left Tamarindo, and it is still clean thanks to local efforts. Despite having legendary breaks that draw many surfers every year, this small town has been able to maintain its community fairly well. This could be due to the rockiness that peppers the coast in regular spurts, not always making it an ideal swimming spot. Over development has not yet set in, though that’s not to say it won’t come. Locals who’ve seen what happened in other beach towns have made efforts to get building regulations in place before the inevitable development starts. The area is still dense with forest and definitely not known for being a party town.

There is an abundance of wildlife in Playa Negra and at night, the air is filled with the sounds of nature. Birds, howler monkeys, sea turtles and crocodiles are all still thriving in this environment.

If you’re here, it’s probably to surf or to just relax. Tours are available but if it’s for anything other than surfing or horseback riding, you’re probably better off heading north to a larger town where there are more options. There are a variety of places to stay from budget-friendly Kontiki to the high-end beachfront Hotel Playa Negra. Restaurants can be a little trickier, especially in the low season when most close at least part of the week. The popular Jalapeños is open for lunch year round and known for its delicious tex-mex style tacos and platters. For a livelier scene, head across the street to La Vida Buena Pizzeria, known to be a great place for meeting people.


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Other places nearby Playa Negra: Carrillo, Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Santa Cruz, Nosara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Avellanas, Playa Junquillal, Montezuma and Refugio Nacional De Fauna Silvestre Ostional.







By Bramble Heidt
11 Nov 2010

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